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Closing Night Ceremony: Broker

Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu
South Korea
189 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Direct from the Cannes Competition, where Song Kang-ho (Parasite, SFF 2019) won the Best Actor Award, Broker is a tender drama from Kore-eda Hirokazu (Shoplifters, SFF 2018).
A film at once delightful, funny and heart-breaking from a master filmmaker at the height of his powers. Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) runs a laundry shop but is constantly saddled with debt. Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) works at a ‘baby box’ facility where mothers can safely abandon their new-borns. One night in the pouring rain, the pair illegally take an abandoned infant with a plan to find it a good home. When the mother So-young (Lee Ji Eun, better known as IU) unexpectedly returns for her son, the men instead convince her to join their plan. The three of them then embark on a journey to find new parents for the baby. Meanwhile, police detective Su-jin (Bae Doona) and her younger colleague Detective Lee (Lee Joo Young) silently tail the group, hoping to catch them in the act. So begins an unusual and unexpected journey for five people, and a baby, brought together by chance. As he did with his Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters and much of his work – and for the first time in Korean and with some of Korea’s biggest stars – Kore-eda focuses on family and connection. Your heart will break, then soar at this warming film.

Bid a fitting farewell to the 69th Sydney Film Festival at the Closing Night Gala.
An evening to appreciate and applaud all the wonderful talent the Festival has seen. Our awards ceremony at the State Theatre honours the winners of the Sydney Film Prize, the Documentary Australia Awards, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, the Sustainable Future Award, the Deutsche Bank Fellowship for First Nations Film Creatives and the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award. A buzzing gala night full of entertainment, and the culmination of the Festival's journey - this is an event not to be missed.
Kore-eda has an unfaltering lightness of touch, a way of injecting emotional veracity and spontaneity into every moment.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
A crowd-pleaser that prods those crowds to think, to consider the many teeming lives of others, as they chuckle and sigh along.
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair


Sun 19 Jun
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Unclassified 15+
South Korea
In Korean with English subtitles
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Lee Eugene
Song Kang Ho, Gang Dong Won, Bae Doona, Lee Ji Eun (IU), Lee Joo Young
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Hong Kyung Pyo
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Australian Premiere
Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Asia, Crime, Cannes Selected, Late Addition
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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